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October 12, 2011

Honor Día de los Muertos with A Fun Puzzle

Behind the Design Bonus: Día de los Muertos Downloadable Puzzle

A little while back, we wrote about how much we enjoyed our trip to Mexico City. We had a particularly fun day on a colorful boat made even more memorable by the mariachi band that played for us from their very own boat. We took that fabuloso experience and gave it a little Day of the Dead twist by turning our band into a trio of skeletons on the Mariachi en Barco Tee.

On November 2nd (not coincidentally close to Halloween), the Día de los Muertos holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and in many Latino communities around the world (and here in San Francisco).

On the San Francisco site, I learned that “Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to our honoring our ancestors. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70s with art, music, performances and a walking procession.”

Help your kids learn about and honor their own ancestors with this Día de los Muertos puzzle from our Modern Mexico Activity Book. Just click on the image below and print it out at your favorite size.

I’ll be thinking about my loved ones too – especially my grandmother Mabel, who passed away 2 years ago at the age of 97 in Tucson, Arizona, very close to the time of the Day of the Dead.

Official Rules: Inspiring Mom Awards

Official Rules
“Inspiring Moms” Contest

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  1. General Conditions. The Tea “Inspiring Moms” Contest (the “Contest”) is a skill-based contest sponsored by Tea Living Inc. dba Tea and Tea Collection (the “Sponsor” or “Tea”). By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Official Rules (the “Rules”) and by the decisions of the Sponsor and Judges (as defined below), which shall be made in their sole and absolute discretion and are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest is governed by the laws of the State of California and applicable U.S. federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. The Contest is also governed by the Privacy Policy pertaining to the www.teacollection.com website (the “Sponsor Site”), although the Rules will govern in the event of any conflict between the Privacy Policy and the Rules.
  2. Who Can Enter. The Contest is open only to natural persons who, as of the date of entry, are legal residents of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), are at least eighteen (18) years old, and have Internet access and a Facebook account. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their partners (including store owners), suppliers, or advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies are not eligible to enter or win, nor are their immediate family members or members of their household. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. “Household members” shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year.
  3. How To Nominate an Inspiring Mom: Nominations for the Contest (each, a “Nomination”) will be accepted starting at [time] Pacific Time (PT) on October 12, 2012 and ending at 11:59 p.m. PT on October 23, 2012 (the “Nomination Period”). A person who submits a Nomination is referred to in these Official Rules as a “Nominator.” To nominate an Inspiring Mom, visit www.facebook.com/teacollection and follow the links and instructions to nominate the person you wish to submit for the Contest (the “Nominee”). You can nominate a Nominee in one of three categories:
  • Globetrotter: A mom who instills the values of raising little citizens of the world – whether it be through traveling or living abroad or teaching her kids about global cultures through training and discovery.
  • Making a Difference: A mom who is involved in her community and is working to solve problems locally or globally, whether by working with a community organization or running a nonprofit.
  • Mompreneur: A mom who pursues her business or profession with passion and excels at work/home balance.

When you submit a Nomination, you must provide the Nominee’s name and email address, your own name and email address, and a description of the Nominee’s accomplishments (a “Narrative”); if the Nominee has a Twitter handle, you can provide that at your option. Together, the Narrative and contact information you submit is called the “Submission.” You may nominate more than one Nominee, but you may not nominate an individual Nominee more than once. If you nominate the same individual Nominee more than once, only the first Nomination will count. The submission of a Nomination is solely the responsibility of the Nominator, and Nominations can be made only using the method described above.

  1. Selection of Semifinalists: All Submissions in each category will be judged by two (2) of Sponsor’s staff (each, a “Judge”). For each category, the Judges will select five (5) semifinalists from among all eligible Submissions received in that category by the end of the Nominating Period. Each Judge will score the eligible Submissions on three general criteria and two category-specific criteria, all weighted equally. The judging criteria are:

General criteria:

  • How much does she inspire you?
  • How often does she “go there” – either across the street or across the globe to raise her kids as little citizens of the world?
  • Does she have good work/life balance?

Category-specific criteria:

Globetrotter:

  • Has she found new and innovative ways to introduce her children to different cultures?
  • Does she try to bring her children with her when she travels internationally?

Making a Difference:

  • Is she making a difference in her community?
  • Is she a setting a good example for her children of why volunteering and helping your community is important?

Mompreneur:

  • Is her company making a difference for its customers?
  • Is she setting a good example of entrepreneurial independence for her children?

 

Each Judge will award up to 10 points per criterion, for a maximum possible total of 50 points, and the scores of the Judges will be added to determine a Submission’s total score. If there is a tie, the tied entries will be rescored as described above by Sponsor’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer.

  1. Selection of Finalists: Nominees who are selected as semifinalists will receive an email from Sponsor on or about October 26, 2012 notifying them that they have been selected. The Nominee can either accept or reject the Nomination by replying to the email and taking the following steps:
  • To reject a Nomination, reply to the email with the word “REJECT” in the subject line.
  • To accept a Nomination: (1) No later than 5 pm PT on October 29, 2012, reply to the email with the word “ACCEPT” in the subject line; and (2) no later than 5 pm PT on October 30, 2012, send Sponsor a picture that can be used in connection with judging and published on Sponsor’s Facebook page and website. Nominees can, at their option, also provide Sponsor with their Facebook, Twitter and other social media handles, but failure to provide handles will not disqualify a Nominee.

Semifinalists who accept their Nominations as described above will be judged by two (2) Judges selected by Sponsor as embodying the qualities of the applicable category. Each Judge will review the semifinal entries in her category and score them on the general and category-specific criteria described in Section 4, awarding up to 10 points per criterion for a maximum possible score of 50 points. The two Judges’ scores will be added to determine a semifinalist’s total score. The semifinalists with the top three (3) scores in each category will become finalists. In the event of a tie, the applicable Submissions will be rescored as described above by Sponsor’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer.

  1. Selection of Winners: Finalists will be announced and their Submissions posted on Sponsor’s Facebook page on or about November 1, 2012. Starting when the finalists are posted and ending at 11:59 pm PT on November 15, 2012 (the “Public Voting Phase”), members of the public (“Voters”) may visit Sponsor’s Facebook page, view the finalists’ Submissions, and vote for the finalist in each category that the Voter believes best embody the values of the Tea brand and the judging criteria for that category. The Nominee who receives the highest number of votes in each category during the Public Voting Period will be named as the potential Grand Prize Winner for that category, subject to verification. In the event of a tie, Sponsor’s CEO and Chief Creative Officer will choose the potential Grand Prize Winner by scoring the tied entries as described in Section 4 above.
  2. 7. Prizes:  Three (3) Grand Prizes: The Grand Prize Winner in each category will win the opportunity to have Sponsor make a $1,000 donation to the children’s charitable organization of her choice. Donations will be made directly by Sponsor to qualifying charitable organizations, and no funds will be provided to the Grand Prize Winners. In order to qualify, the charitable organization must be a valid 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission involves working for the benefit of children. Decisions about whether a charity qualifies for a donation will be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion. One (1) Nominator Prize: Each Nominator who submits a valid Nomination during the Nomination Period will receive a chance to win a $250 Tea Collection gift certificate, good at www.teacollection.com. The winner of the Nominator Prize will be chosen at random from all valid Nominations received; odds of winning depend on the number of valid Nominations received during the Nomination Period.
  3. Prize Terms: All prize values are stated in United States dollars. If a stated prize is unavailable, Sponsor has the right to substitute one or more items of equal or greater value, in its sole and absolute discretion. No prize is exchangeable, transferrable, or redeemable for cash. The winner will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, local or other statutes, regulations, and other laws and for bearing any personal income, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to any prize. THE PRIZE(S) WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY THE SPONSOR “AS IS.” SPONSOR DOES NOT MAKE AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, REGARDING ANY PRIZE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
  4. Award of Prize: The Grand Prize winners and Nominator Prize Winner will be selected on or about November 16, 2012. The potential winners will be notified by email within fourteen (14) days of selection. PLEASE NOTE: EVEN IF YOUR NOMINATION IS CHOSEN AS A POTENTIAL GRAND PRIZE WINNER AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD, YOU HAVE NOT YET WON A PRIZE. POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY BY THE SPONSOR BEFORE ANY PRIZE IS AWARDED. The potential winners may required to sign and return, when requested, an affidavit of eligibility and/or publicity and/or liability release form, to the extent not prohibited by law, prior to receipt of a prize. The winner must take possession of the prize as directed by Sponsor. The winner may be required to provide Sponsor with his or her social security or taxpayer identification number for tax purposes. The winner may also be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. An “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses to the domain associated with the email address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. Failure to respond to the winner announcement or return any required declarations or releases within seven (7) days (or any longer time specified by Sponsor in its sole discretion) or to comply with any of the foregoing, may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.
  5. Restrictions and Conditions of Entry: Submissions must be in English, original, must not have been previously published, and must not contain any material that is degrading, defamatory, fraudulent, obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable, that infringes the legal rights of any third party, or that promotes, contains or references any product, service, company name, logo or trademark (other than those of the Sponsor). All Submissions will be reviewed prior to publication, but such review does not relieve the Nominator from responsibility for compliance with these Official Rules. Submissions that do not comply with these Official Rules, or that otherwise contain prohibited or in appropriate content (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) will be disqualified and will not be published or considered for a prize. Submissions must be received by the end of the Nomination Period in order to be valid. Proof of submission is not proof of the Sponsor’s receipt and the Sponsor’s designated computer is the only valid official time-keeping device for the Contest. Submissions without all of the required information will be disqualified. In addition, the Sponsor will have no responsibility for, and will have the right to refuse in its sole and complete discretion, any entries that have been tampered with and any entries that are late, lost, illegible, inaccurate, misdirected, non-conforming, corrupt, or otherwise incomplete, whether due to Internet or email server failure, failure of the store staff to transmit them, or otherwise. Upon submission, all entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Any attempt at or form of entry other than as expressly specified in these rules (including but not limited to automated, copied, third-party or mechanically reproduced entries) is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Entrants are prohibited from artificially inflating or attempting to artificially inflate the number of votes received by any finalist, whether by offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, vote farming, or any other such activity as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor will be collecting personal data about participants when they register and enter the Contest. By participating in the Contest, you agree to all of the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy. It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the Sponsor if the entrant’s contact information changes after the entry is submitted.
  6. Representations: By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the entrant meets all eligibility requirements of the Contest; (b) in entering and participating in the Contest, the entrant has complied with and will comply in all respects with these Rules and all applicable statutes, regulations and other laws; and (c) the information provided in the entrant’s entry, including without limitation all contact information and all information about the identity of the person who took the photo that is part of the Submission, is true, accurate and complete in all respects. Each Nominator further represents and warrants that (a) the Narrative submitted by the Nominator is true and correct, and (b) the Narrative is the Nominator’s original work and does not infringe the intellectual property or other legal rights of any third party. Each Nominee further represents and warrants, by accepting the Nomination, that (x) she has reviewed and approved the Submission and it is true and correct; (y) she agrees to these Official Rules; and (z) she has obtained all necessary permissions regarding the photo submitted in connection with her nomination, including but not limited to any permissions from the photographer and any other person pictured, and can grant rights in the photo to Sponsor as described in these Official Rules.
  7. Release: To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each Nominator and Nominee (each, an “entrant”) releases and holds harmless the Sponsor, the prize manufacturers or suppliers, any other entities involved in the administration of the Contest, each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (the “Sponsor Parties”) from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including without limitation direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) the Contest and participation in the Contest by the entrant; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules or applicable laws; (c) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize or any item purchased with any prize; (d) any entries that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (e) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (f) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (g) printing or typographical errors in any Contest-related materials; or (h) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Contest (the “Causes”).  If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor Parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim.  WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED.
  8. Termination: The Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest at any time and for any reason in its sole discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, or technical, administrative, financial or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post notice on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site. Should the Contest terminate prior to selection of a winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Contest page of the Sponsor Site.
  9. Use of Submissions; Grant of Rights to Sponsor. All Submissions (including photos provided by semifinalists) and related entry materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to the entrant. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Contest, each entrant irrevocably and perpetually consents to use by the Sponsor (or any third party chosen by the Sponsor) of the Submission and of any and all information, photos, drawings, text or other material contained in the Submission  or otherwise provided by such entrant related to the Contest in connection with administering and publicizing the Contest or future Sponsor promotions. This consent includes the right for Sponsor, or any third party chosen by Sponsor, to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify entry photos in any way, to distribute them in any and all media worldwide, and to do so without compensation to the entrant, the photo subject, or any other person or entity. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by accepting a prize, the winner consents to the print and online publication of his or her name, address and winning Submission as part of a winners’ list and to use of his or her winning Submission, name, voice, photograph, biographical material, and likeness by Sponsor or any third party third party chosen by Sponsor, as set forth in this Section 14. Other than as set forth herein, Sponsor will treat any personal information supplied by entrants in connection with the Contest in accordance with the Privacy Policy.
  10. Miscellaneous: Any dispute between Sponsor and an entrant arising out of or relating to these Rules, the Contest, or any prize must be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in the City and County of San Francisco, California and must be brought individually, without resort to any form of class action. By entering the Contest, each entrant submits to the jurisdiction of those courts and waives any objection to those courts, whether on the basis of jurisdiction, venue, inconvenience of the forum, or otherwise. If any part of these Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any third party, product or service.
  11. Sponsor: Tea, 1 Arkansas St, Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94107; 415-621-9400.
  12. For Winners’ Names: Winners’ names will be available after November 30, 2012. For a list of winners’ names, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Tea, attn: Inspiring Moms Contest Winners, 1 Arkansas St, Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94107, by December 31, 2012.

 

December 31, 2010

A Global New Year

We have our own New Year’s traditions in the USA. In almost every major city there is a grand firework display. People gather around their TVs to watch the ball drop in Times Square, and champagne is the drink of choice. We have hats and glasses, noisemakers and confetti. In many parts of the USA eating black eyed peas is rumored to bring you good luck, and they’re often served with collard greens and pork or ham. We make resolutions for the New Year, and kiss each other at midnight.

But what are other countries’ traditions around this date?

Japan

At midnight on January 1st, Buddhist temples across Japan ring their bells 108 times, to ward off the 108 sins in Buddhist belief. Traditional food on this date is a dish of seaweed, fish cakes, mashed sweet potato, burdock root, and sweetened black soybeans, called osechi, as well as kagami mochi, which are rice cakes topped with oranges. Postcards are sent to friends and family celebrating the New Year, and haiku poetry is celebrated with themes of new beginnings.

Kagami-mochi

Mexico

In Mexico it’s traditional to eat 12 grapes at the chimes of midnight, making a wish with each one. Houses are decorated in the color red, and wishes are made for the New Year. In Mexico City the New Year celebrations occur in Zocalo, which is the main large plaza of the city.

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Finland

In Finland there is an old New Year’s eve tradition that involves dropping hot pieces of tin into cold buckets of water. The shape that they assume can be interpreted as indications of the New Year. Different shapes have different meaning, signifying wealth, happiness, sickness,  sorrow, and love.

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Scotland

Scotland has a New Year’s Eve tradition referred to as “first-footing”. The first-footer is the first person to cross the threshold and enter a house in the New Year. Signifying a bearer of good luck, the first footer (often young and dark-haired) carries with them a coin, bread, salt, whisky, or coal, depending on what the family is wishing for in the New year.

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Panama

Panama celebrates the New Year by the burning of Muñecos, effigies of celebrities or politicians during bonfire parties. Contests are held as to who has the best muñeco.  The burning of muñecos is believed to fight off evil spirits in preparation for a new year.

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Let’s say Happy New Year! in:

Gleðilegt nýtt ár! (Icelandic)

Bonne Annee!  (French)

Feliz Ano-Nuevo! (Spanish)

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! (Welsh)

Gelillog Nieuwjaar! (Dutch)

Sretna Nova Godina (Croatian)

Sawadee Pee Mai (Thai)

And from all of us at Tea – Best Wishes for a very happy New Year!

December 10, 2010

Bucharest Floral Dress– the Outfit for the Holidays!

For this Holiday season, we were inspired by the Maramures people of Translyvania. Located in the northwestern region of Romania, the Maramures live in villages where countless century-old traditions are still encorporated into daily routines.

During celebrations, the Maramures wear their traditional costume, which is primarily black and white with hints of red. We love this classic outfit because of the mix of plush textures and the heavy embroidered embellishments.

While this influence is found throughout our entire Hungarian Holiday collection, the Bucharest Floral dress reflects our true love of these Maramures traditional outfits. With an elegant embroidered pattern and texture on plush velvet, the Bucharest Floral dress is the perfect party dress!

Bucharest Floral Dress

Bucharest Floral Dress

To share our love for these Maramures traditions, we are now offering the Bucharest Floral dress at the great price of $49.50!  Regularly $85, this promotional price is available on our website and at participating retailers [see below]

Ladybugs & Lizards Children’s Boutique 

1389 E. 15th Street Suite 128

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 348-2121

Donna Ryan Photography and Boutique

5218 42nd Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136

(206) 909-0189

The Lolly Garden

2046 Utica Square

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 742-6300

Kairos

533 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 241-0460

Babinski’s

1324 Foothill Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801) 583-2229

Kustum Kribs

147 North NW Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-5742

Style Child

1070 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-0480

Lil’ Lamb Shop

167 Jennifer Road Suite Q

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-3303

Jumping Jellyfish

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave 
Suite 107

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-1838

Stuhlbergs, Inc.

1801 Queen Anne Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 352-2351

Cassis

819 W. Idaho St.

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-5501

Red Balloon

5407 N. Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 989-8500,

Red Balloon

2060 N. Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

(877) 969-9800,

Tiny Toes

4 N. Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 420-6727,

Rocky Mountain Kids

2525 Arapahoe Ave # H12a

Boulder, CO 80302-7867

(303) 447-2267,

Fiddlesticks

508 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-0508

Baby Blossom

2623 Montrose Ave

Abbotsford, BC Canada

(604) 556-4993

My Little One

123 Waite Ave North

Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 253-4141

December 3, 2010

We [heart] Old World Hungary Holiday Traditions

I can’t believe it’s December already. Really starting to feel like the holidays around here. Wanted to share some beautiful crafts and traditions from our current destination, Old World Hungary (which includes Croatia and Romania too).

From Croatia
Licitar

images from:  Rina Travel (2nd row left), eLanguages (3rd row left), Licitar (all other images)

Licitar is a beautifully decorated, edible ornament that most commonly comes in a heart shape. The heart shape is a traditional symbol of the city of Zagreb – it represents the warmth of the city and its people. They are given as a symbol of love for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, Valentines Day and other holidays.  Making the ornaments is highly involved and extremely time consuming (it can can take over a month). The tradition dates all the way back to the 14th century.

From Hungary

AppliqueFelt

images from:  Crossroads Trade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Sandor Collection

Traditionally, Hungarian women used reverse felt applique to decorate clothing. Eventually they adapted the technique to make beautiful applique ornaments. Ornaments have a variety of motifs which can represent different regions. Learn to make your own appliqued heart ornament here.

From Hungary
MatyoHearts

images from:  Hungarian Folk Art (top left),  Lmntl Crafts (bottom left), diffuse Flickr (top right), Hungarian Folk Art (bottom right)

Heart ornaments are a traditional Hungarian ornament around the holidays. Matyó Ornaments use originated in the Matyó region in Northern Hungary and use their embroidery techniques.

sources and further reading:

Croatian Tourism, Zagreb, Croatia
Great site about licitar, Licitar
more info on licitar, Wikipedia
more info on licitar Hearts, about.com
Croatian Souvenier, Rina Travel
Info on Matyó Embroidery:  Hungarian Embroidery and Folk Arts
About Reverse Felt Applique:  National Geographic

Holiday Fun Around the World… same or different?

Guest Blogger Julia Pimsleur Levine, founder of Little Pim

I think the holidays are a great launching pad to ask my kids to imagine what children in other countries are doing during this special time. Are they counting down to Hanukkah or Christmas in December? Is “The Big” day December 25th or a different day? At the holidays you can teach your kids about traditions around the world, and you can play the “same or different game” by telling them about foods, stories and festivities in other countries and asking how they compare to your family’s traditions. You will likely find that all around the world kids are eating special foods, exchanging gifts and making traditional treats.

Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel

In FRANCE families eat a special holiday dessert called Bûche de Noël (pronounced “booche de no-el”), which means “Christmas log”. It’s a very sweet cake, shaped like a log from the fireplace! It’s made of layers of sponge cake and sweet chocolate icing wrapped into a cylinder.  Want to make your own? Here is the recipe for Bûche de Noël.

In SPAIN, The Three Wise Men bring gifts to children on Christmas morning, but celebrations continue long after December 25th. On January 5th, The Eve of Epiphany, children fill their shoes with straw and place them on the doorstep. Legend tells that the Magi traveled through Spain in the dead of night to reach Bethlehem. On the morning of January 6th, the holiday Epiphany, children wake to find presents in their shoes.

Dun Che Lao Ren, Chinese Santa Claus

Dun Che Lao Ren, Chinese Santa Claus

In CHINA, as most Chinese people are not Christian, the main winter festival is The Chinese New Year, which takes place toward the end of January. Kids decorate their houses with beautiful paper lanterns. Many Chinese children also hang stockings and wait for Santa Claus, whom they call Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run), which means “Christmas Old Man.” Santa Claus is also called Lan Khoong-Khoong, “Nice Old Father.”

In RUSSIA, the chief winter holiday is New Year’s Eve.

Russian New Year Tree

Russian New Year Tree

Families decorate a New Years tree and make Salad Olivier, a delicacy composed of diced meat, veggies and potatoes all slathered in Mayo. Grandfather Frost (‘Dyed MOR- oz”) delivers presents to good children, aided by The Snow Princess (“Sneh-GU-ratch-ka”).

 

We have made our own traditions for the holidays. One of them is that we always make yummy butter cookies with my mother, and even more fun making them disappear! We celebrate Hanukah by lighting candles and giving each other gifts on seven nights, but on one of the eight nights, we give away a toy to less fortunate children. My 6-year-old son really loves this now, and talks about what toy to give away for weeks leading up to the big night! I don’t know how well my two-year old will do with this, given that his favorite word is still “mine!”

Do you have a special family tradition? Have you ever spent the holidays in another country and had a totally different experience from the holidays in America? If so, share those experiences with your child and have fun exploring, baking, and learning about other cultures.

About Little Pim:

The Little Pim: fun with languages series provides materials for parents who wish to introduce their children a foreign language at the time they learn best, which is before the age of six. Go to LittlePim.com for samples of all ten languages available, free tips, printables and games.

December 2, 2010

Stomp for Joy (and wrap your gifts with love).

Perhaps you received our email today? We’re stomping with joy and excitement as the holidays draw closer. In fact, Hanukkah just started last night. So for everyone who’s in the shopping or gifting mood, it’s time to think outside the (paper) box for wrapping ideas.

Have you ever thought about wrapping gifts in something other than paper? From The Green Spot, we learned that during the winter holidays, 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags are thrown away. The Daily Green also has lots of great green wrapping tips too.

At Tea, we created our signature Furoshiki Gift Wrap not only to be beautiful, but to be reusable. We were inspired by the artful Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in beautiful swaths of cloth.

Furoshiki Gift Wrap

Other fun ideas:

– Turn your paper shopping bags inside out and inside out and add a bit of artistry with holiday-themed sketches or rubber stamps

– Use pages from old magazines – Katy likes to do a different color scheme for each person on her list: in shades of green for one person, shades of pink for another. They usually look really pretty and have a nice cohesive feeling.

– We like to use our own graphics and prints and print them out as wrapping paper. You could even use some of the Old World Hungary inspired coloring pages we’ve been publishing on the blog throughout the fall and holiday seasons. Or simply take any of your kids’ artistic creations and turn them into wrapping paper. Wouldn’t it be fun to get a present wrapped in your own artwork? Pretty cool.

Happy wrapping! We’d love to hear about some of your creative or eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas.

November 25, 2010

What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for?

We’re thankful for you! And each other. And this world.
Like you, we were born to explore it, to experience it with
every bit of our souls. And we take our kids along, holding their hands,
even when they’re too young to take it all in.

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re going across the street or
across the globe…

Just go there. Go to see. Go to be. Go to share.
Especially to share.
Be in it. Stay in it. Revel in it. Love it, every day.
And definitely bring your kids.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Tea.

May 24, 2010

The Lazy Days of Summer – day 8 of our celebration!

farmers marketJust one week until the unofficial first day of summer. It always makes us feel like a kid again. We remember picking and tasting the season’s first blueberries on our grandparents’ farm, running & laughing through the sprinkler (or hydrant), the sound of crickets at night and of course, the ice cream truck.

To win our 8th $100 birthday certificate…when you were a kid, what did you love about the beginning of summer? Sights, sounds, smells, tastes?  Post on our Facebook page by the end of today for the opportunity to win.  The randomly selected winner will be announced tomorrow.

May 22, 2010

Memorial Day Activities

Thank you for all your great suggestions for where we could go on our next inspiration trip. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of your ideas came to life sooner than you think. A bit closer to home, we’re looking forward to summer in San Francisco, even if it’s a bit chilly, you’ll still see us out and about every weekend on our own adventures. To win today’s $100 birthday certificate, please share on our Facebook page what are you and your kids will be up to this Memorial Day weekend.  The randomly selected winner will be announced tomorrow.sand box